Aug 29

Why Do We Celebrate Labor Day?

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This weekend we celebrate the American worker during Labor Day weekend. Although the working conditions now are far different than when Labor Day was introduced, the American workers still deserve recognition for making this country (and keeping this country) what it is today.

Before Labor Day, during the Industrial Revolution in late 1800s, the average American worked 12-hour days, seven days a week. According the , children as young as 5 or 6 worked in factories. The work conditions were tough and unsafe and the pay was low. Today’s workforce has it quite different now. With laws regarding overtime pay, child labor laws, minimum wage laws, workers’ compensation laws, OSHA regulations, etc., today’s American workers have little understanding what our forefathers suffered through in order to build America.

In 1894, Congress passed an Act making the first Monday in September a legal holiday dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. Today, we see it as day off of work because of what we have done over the year and reason to shop because of great Labor Day sales. This weekend, I encourage you to think about those workers whose suffering created Labor Day. They may be your grandparents or great-grandparents. They all deserve a word of thanks for creating the easier work life we all enjoy.

This weekend, I salute all those workers that struggled through the Industrial Revolution to make America great. I also acknowledge all the workers that keep America great. We will have the day off, but many people from police officers to those flipping burgers at McDonald’s will not just so we can have a safe and enjoyable weekend! Thank you to all of them!


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